Evening of Inspiration (NJ) Review

I was a volunteer for the Evening of Inspiration concert sponsored by Islamic Relief on Satruday July 29 at the New Jersey State Theater. It was great, Alhamdulillah! Sami Yusuf and Native Deen were advertised as the peformers and Preacher Moss was the host, but they also featured Brother Dash and Nazeel, a new artist with Awakening Records. I was disappointed in the prayer set up for maghrib salah, but then I realized that it was clearly impossible to improve what they had set up. Something that seriously hurt me was the fact that out of the 1500+ Muslims there, we only sponsored about 50 orphans. I was expecting to be at least 200 to 300, but I guess Muslims are poor these days (72 excuses).

Pictures from the concert.

Total raised from the tour in the US:

  • Dallas: $150,000
  • New Jersey: $190,000
  • Detroit: $137,000
  • Boston: $14,000*
  • Chicago: $108,000
  • Los Angeles: $200,000

All the funds collected (except in Boston) will be donated to the Lebanese/Palestine relief efforts and for millions of orphans around the world.
*The Boston concert was not an Islamic Relief concert but a MAS Youth concert.

19 Replies to “Evening of Inspiration (NJ) Review”

  1. I found out too late but I really wished I could have gone, especially to see Sami Yusuf! I didn’t know the funds would be donated to the relief efforts, Mashallah that’s really great.

  2. This is a great thing, as long as the money actually goes to those in need and not to Hezbollah for more rockets. Everyone has to be very careful of charities these days.

  3. ^^^ – To Debbie,

    Are you trying to incite or instigate something? That’s an egregiously irresponsible thing to say.

    I’m hoping you’re not that mistrustful or that suspicious in real life. My friends went to a fundraiser at my town synagogue last weekend –

    ‘It was a great thing, as long as the money didn’t go to Israeli rockets in order to murder Palestinian and Lebanese children.’

    We should all be be very careful what we say. Who knows, we might even be responsible for it one day.

  4. To Desiree: I don’t see anything wrong with my statement. It is well known that charities of all religions/groups have ripped people off in the past. It is important to be cautious. What is wrong with that.

    There is much fraud in the world, as you must know. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, or non-religious groups have all been known to mis-use money from time to time.

    It doesn’t take away from my original statement, this is a good thing to collect and send money to those who are in need. The Lebanese people will have great need for rebuilding their homes, hospitals, businesses, etc. They will need food and temporary shelter.

    The US has already committed several million dollars for Lebanon and sent many supplies. Also Americans are donating to the cause.

    What is the problem with being cautious? I’m sure Mujahideen Ryder is cautious when he donates money. Why are you upset with me for saying ‘be cautious’?

  5. Debbie on August 1, 2006 at 8:18 pm said:

    To Desiree: I don’t see anything wrong with my statement. It is well known that charities of all religions/groups have ripped people off in the past. It is important to be cautious. What is wrong with that.

    There is much fraud in the world, as you must know. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, or non-religious groups have all been known to mis-use money from time to time.

    It doesn’t take away from my original statement, this is a good thing to collect and send money to those who are in need. The Lebanese people will have great need for rebuilding their homes, hospitals, businesses, etc. They will need food and temporary shelter.

    The US has already committed several million dollars for Lebanon and sent many supplies. Also Americans are donating to the cause.

    What is the problem with being cautious? I’m sure Mujahideen Ryder is cautious when he donates money. Why are you upset with me for saying ‘be cautious’?

    It is always good to err on the side of caution..

    The U.S. is fantastic when it comes to aid..they are also fantastic when it comes to sending millions of US tax dollars to Israel which help in manufacturing the artillery that kills Lebanese people and others.

  6. Amir…you volunteered, but you did JACK!…lol…it was madd fun tho…n 4 the rest of the posters, tru some “charities” are sent to the wrong hands, Islamic Relief is a globally known and well-respected program, so rest assured, that this money will go to the victims of the worst evil today, the government of Israel.

  7. What is the problem with being cautious? I’m sure Mujahideen Ryder is cautious when he donates money. Why are you upset with me for saying ‘be cautious’?

    i wish i had money to give, hahahaha

    Islamic Relief is the largest charity for Muslims in the world.

  8. Islamic Relief is a well known charity organization, and it has receved the highest rating (4 Stars) in performance form the organizations that monitor and judge charities. So I dont think there is too much to worry about inshaAllah. Even if i dont agree with some things that might make their organization inefficient, its the best option to donate to int he US – as far as humanitarian aid is concerned, specially to Afghanistan.

  9. Debbie – You’ve obviously been brainwashed well. Congratulations. But to put things in perspective for you, Hezbollah are NOT in the wrong, Israel is, not least because it’s an illegal state – made on the lands of now homeless or dead palestinians.

    It’s killed and destroyed the lives of many,and when hezbollah captured 2 of its soldiers, they did so on Palestinian occupied land.

    and sadly, there arent any charities that give money to hezbollah that I know of, but if there was one, it would be my number one choice of donation, so that Hezbollah may try to reach Israel’s level of war materials so that it can wipe Israel and the filth of zionists of the face of the world.

  10. and sadly, there arent any charities that give money to hezbollah that I know of, but if there was one, it would be my number one choice of donation, so that Hezbollah may try to reach Israel’s level of war materials so that it can wipe Israel and the filth of zionists of the face of the world.

    I think Israel should be run and controled by the Orthodox Jews.

  11. I heard from some people that the concert was great mashAllah and that there was only percussion (i.e no musical instruments). That’s good for people who believe in the fiqh position that doesn’t allow instruments. 🙂

    MR, I love Orthodox Jews because they remind me of Allah. I mean, they’re still wearing suits and hats and skirts, etc. etc. I mean, a lot of other Jews think they’re backward because they don’t modernize. But yknow, they’re sticking ot their faith as they believe it and there’s similarities between them and us. However, the Netruei Karta, the group that you met at the protest are not indicative of all people who call themselves Orthidox Jews. They are a smaller group than people think (they say they’re not a minority but other reports claim contary..). Actually, I was speaking to a Modern Orthodox friend of mine and she was telling me that most Jews across the board are Zionist and that may be because of who she interacts with but she hasn’t met many anti-Zionists. Most other Jews don’t view their rabbis as “authentic.” Same goes for the NK,they don’t really support other Jews( because they believe they have stained the name of Judaism and Israel). Anyhow, NK are often cofused with Hasidic Jews and Orthodox Jews because of the way they dress.

    Just thought you should know if you didn’t.

    Btw, do you know if Islamic Relief is just sending food and supplies or if they are supplying medicine and health care as well?It’s really nice. And I must echo what Fatima said about the US. On one hand the US was pledging aid to Lebanon whilt with the other they were sending missiles to ISrael. Forget about our tax dollars that everyday go there, this was separate. And in violation of a US Arms Control Ban we signed which states we can only send arms for defense and not for offensive procedures. When president Bush was asked if this was just slightly ironic he didn’t seem to think anything was wrong with that. How odd.

  12. well hes coming here on Sunday, inshaAllah. and he wrote a song for Lebanon and is singing it for the FIRST time for the concert in Los Angeles on Sunday. its gonna be sickkkkk.

    alhamdulilah

  13. salam,

    just wondering how nazeel’s performance went? i’ve been curious to know how awakenings up and coming talent are compared to sami yusuf.

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